I don't admit this easily but when it comes to my students completing their weekly reading logs, I have failed as a teacher! No matter how I collect them, grade them, provide feedback, etc., SOMEONE forgets to fill out their reading log, someone changes a book without checking in first, and I continue to be frustrated. Of course, there is something in my teaching that isn't going right...and that's okay, because we all struggle somewhere!
Over break I read two things, Day-to-Day Assessment in the Reading Workshop by Franki Sibberson and Karen Szymusiak and the following blog, http://mrsrojasteaches.blogspot.com/. Both waxed poetic about the benefits of using State of the Class and made me a believer! When we return to school this week I plan to implement this idea. For now we're going to use this in place of the reading log until I reconsider how I want my log to look and what its purpose is in the classroom.
Rebecca Rojas has created a wonderful State of the Class document! You can see it here: http://mrsrojasteaches.blogspot.com/2011/10/few-of-my-favorite-things-about-this.html
Take a look at this idea if you're not already using State of the Class. I plan to update my blog after a few days and share my class results. I'll let the students post their thoughts as well!